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BobZag
10-23-2009, 10:00 AM
I have heard chemistry among this group is at an all-time high. The young guns look up to and admire the veterans, especially Matt Bouldin. And Matt is as likeable as you'll ever find, but he is also the most vocal leader on the squad right now. Matt had this same situation in HS when he was the only returning starter for ThunderRidge. He led a group of young kids to a Sweet Sixteen finish. They lost 6 games that year, 5 of which happened when Matt was not playing or hobbled by an ankle injury.

So health and no injuries is key Saturday and, actually, all year. Matt is clearly the leader now and it could be a case of "The Zags go as Matt goes."

I'll be doing three things, primarily.

1) Watching each individual player and just getting an overall impression of their abilities, skill level, hustle, etc. I want to see what each guy is doing when without the ball. Does he float, does he keep moving, does he set screens, does he box out, etc?

2) Watching the coaches and what they say to whom. For instance, a sure way to know if someone is missing assignments or just generally making mistakes is to watch who the coaches talk to, either during play or during time-outs.

3) Watching teamwork. Does it all look ragged and sputtery, or are the guys running crisp plays and there's a semblance of flow to the action? Now, I fully realize there's only been a week of practices and it'll take the newbies time to get a grasp of the offense and defense so that will be taken into account.

I think all who attend will get an inkling of this edition of the Zags. If I were make a prediction, it would be that we'll see a ton of talent oozing from these Zags but it'll be a bit raw and unharnessed, something only time will take care of. But the upside potential for the future will have fans eager to get going.

Reborn
10-23-2009, 10:56 AM
Great post BZ. I won't be able to attend and I look forward to a good report from you. The things you're looking for really make sense to me. Personally, I would look at ball handling sills by our guards (which includes passing) and rebounding by our bigs, and of course who wants to play D.

Kiddwell
10-23-2009, 11:50 AM
How 'bout extra long and inquisitive looks at redshirts Gibbs and Poling?

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MDABE80
10-23-2009, 12:50 PM
JHoops is going. Birdmeister will be in attendance.me too. it'll be fun !!

OZZY
10-23-2009, 02:36 PM
What will be more difficult for the pups, learning the offence or defence?

BobZag
10-23-2009, 03:51 PM
What will be more difficult for the pups, learning the offence or defence?

Offense.

DADoZAG
10-23-2009, 04:53 PM
What will be more difficult for the pups, learning the offence or defence?

I agree with BZ, the offense should be slowest to develope, and am not expecting to see too many half court plays. In fact, if there is too much half court success, I'll be concerned about the defense that I expect to see this year, as a great half court offensive showing might be more of an indication of an inept defense.

It'll be interesting to see if the athleticism is as advertised, the speed going both ways, etc., from at least ten ZAGS. And, if the ZAGS aren't creating offense from defense, the first half of the season may be very long indeed.

Go ZAGS!

MickMick
10-23-2009, 07:03 PM
I'm going to watch a lot of Harris and Sacre. I know what our guards can do.

gum797
10-23-2009, 08:42 PM
I am the most curious about Will. I want to see him and Sacre go head to head and see how Will can respond. What a huge plus it will be if he progressed well this off-season. Since I am in Colorado, I will be hoping for some summaries.

Stache
10-24-2009, 10:08 AM
As a long time season ticket holder, I can't remember a year where I've felt less informed or as filled with hopeful anxiety.

For those of us who can't be there tonight - please, please, please type some observations of our new players - including Andy and Grant.

Thanks. Enjoy!!!

GoZAGsMang
10-24-2009, 10:14 AM
I apologize if this question is more silly than the fans who want 3 in the Key....

Why cant they broadcast Kraziness in the Kennel on public access or "what used to be Zags TV"?

GoZagsMang

BobZag
10-24-2009, 10:25 AM
I apologize if this question is more silly than the fans who want 3 in the Key....

Why cant they broadcast Kraziness in the Kennel on public access or "what used to be Zags TV"?

GoZagsMang

Good question, and I don't know.

I've read everybody's requests and will report as best I can Sunday.

Stache
10-24-2009, 10:45 AM
Bless you, BZ. Now, how do I act like i'm listening to wife at dinner while actually reading posts?

titopoet
10-24-2009, 11:48 AM
I will also look for how they read and react. The read and react is one of the bases of motion offenses like the Flex. Having just a week of full practice to develop this will be interesting.

ZagNative
10-24-2009, 01:43 PM
As a long time season ticket holder, I can't remember a year where I've felt less informed or as filled with hopeful anxiety.

For those of us who can't be there tonight - please, please, please type some observations of our new players - including Andy and Grant. hopeful anxiety ...:D Perfect description for what I feel.

I wonder if we'll see much less organization than we might be hoping for ... Wonder if the staff's sole objective will be for the kids to just get a taste of what it's like to play in the MAC in front of rabid fans and have some fun, with no expectations ... Personally, that's what I'm expecting to see, and so long as that happens (along with no injuries from showboating), I'm enough of a sappy fan that I'll leave the smiling.

willandi
10-24-2009, 05:02 PM
I think we'll get some insightful comments with that approach. I think this team is going to look pretty good if it sticks to a few things:

Rely primarily on Bouldin, Gray, and Meech(in that order) for offense.
Set Harris and Sacre loose in the paint to pick up the misses.
Keep the rotation down to 8 or 9 players, except in cases of blow outs.
Commit to having the toughest defense around(bad boy zags!).

The team lost a lot of length defensively that is going to be difficult to replace. If the team is able to gel and communicate on defense, then there will be less hick ups along the way. Bouldin is not a singularly great talent that he'll be able to sway the results of games, but he is certainly qualified to lead a young group to a higher level of play. Bouldin needs to 100% be making plays with or without the ball, and that attitude will permeate across the roster. The newcomers will sort themselves out.

If Big Will progressed the way some are saying, we may have aquired some great defensive length already!!! I look forward to hearing how well all are doing, But will in particular. He looked good on the SWX clip last week.